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Plea to abolish special concessions to life convicts in Nabha jail

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 22, 2014
First Published: 11:05 IST(22/8/2014) | Last Updated: 11:07 IST(22/8/2014)
Following the row over the release of a life convict in a murder case, Gurmeet Singh alias Pinki, from the Nabha open jail before completion of 10 years’ actual sentence, an appeal has been made in the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking abolition of special consideration given to life convicts lodged in the Nabha jail as compared to other prisons’ inmates.

The application has been filed in the already-pending public interest litigation on the issue on Thursday. It is likely to come up for hearing on August 25.

Terrorist-turned-cop Pinki was convicted of the murder of Avtar Singh of Ludhiana in 2001.

The petitioner submitted that as per the state government’s policy issued on April 4 last year, life convicts in murder cases are entitled to move an application for premature release after 10 years of actual imprisonment and 14 years of imprisonment with remissions.

It was submitted that the government prematurely released Pinki after nine years and seven months of actual imprisonment. Thereafter, the government issued a press release on August 18, saying that life convicts in Nabha jail were entitled to consideration for premature release on completion of nine years of actual imprisonment.
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